Bruins collapse to lowly Isles, 4-2


Bruins collapse to lowly Isles, 4-2

By Joe Haggerty
UNIONDALE, N.Y. Well, this is where things get a little ugly.The Bruins blew a two-goal lead against a playoff-hungry Buffalo Sabres team on Thursday night, and then did the very same thing versus a hapless New York Islanders bunch at Nassau Coliseum on Friday night.Matt Moulson scored a goal with two seconds left in the second period to steal back the momentum for the Isles, but the Black and Gold belly flop was complete when a Jack Hillen point blast bounced off Dennis Seidenberg and into the net for a 4-2 victory for the Isles.Thefour unanswered goals for the Islanders in the second and third period wiped out a two-goal Boston lead built on strikes by Nathan Horton and Zdeno Chara, and continued a four-game losing streak for the Bs. The Chara strike in the second period was during a 5-on-3 power play and broke up an 0-for-21 stretch of futility on the man advantage for Boston.While the defeat at the hands of the Canadiens was understandable given the revenge factor and the Bs took points in overtime loss to Penguins and Sabres, there was no way to slap any lipstick on this particular pig.A needless Brad Marchand interference penalty got things going in the second period for the Isles, and allowed them to capitalize with Moulsons power play goal a score that started with Moulson stripping Patrice Bergeron and then heading to the net to convert a Jon Tavares pass.It was Moulsons 29th goal of the season, and was exactly the kind of hockey play that can completely reverse the momentum of a hockey game.
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Monday, Dec. 5: Craig Cunningham's recovery

Monday, Dec. 5: Craig Cunningham's recovery

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while fully getting in the holiday spirit by getting the family Christmas tree this week.

*Very good and very sobering story about Craig Cunningham’s slow recovery, and his large support system with the AHL Roadrunners team he is captaining this season. It sounds like it might be a bit of a long road for him, so he and his family will need that support from those around him.

*Tyler Seguin has his shot back, and that’s great news for the Dallas Stars power play. So is that like Stella getting her groove back?

*A KHL player went into a sliding dab formation in order to celebrate a goal on the ice, and we salute him for that.

*The Maple Leafs are trying to fortify their backup goaltending situation after waiving Jhonas Enroth this week.

*Interesting Bob McKenzie piece about a young man that’s hoping to challenge conventional thinking in the hockey coaching ranks.

*TSN’s Scott Cullen takes a look at Winnipeg rookie Patrik Laine’s shooting skills as part of his “Statistically Speaking” column.

*For something completely different: the hits just keep on coming for Netflix as they’re going to double their TV series output over the next year.

Chara probable vs. Panthers, Beleskey misses morning skate

Chara probable vs. Panthers, Beleskey misses morning skate

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- There were both expected and unexpected absences from Bruins morning skate on Monday morning at Warrior Ice Arena ahead of tonight’s game at TD Garden against the Florida Panthers. Matt Beleskey was the expected absence after getting knocked out of Saturday’s game with a lower body injury caused by a Tyler Fedun check to his right leg, and Torey Krug was also missing from the ice after pulling workhorse duty over the last handful of games in the absence of Zdeno Chara.

Following practice Claude Julien confirmed that Chara was “probable” to return for tonight’s game vs. the Florida Panthers after missing the last six games, and that Krug is expected to play after succumbing to the same illness that felled Patrice Bergeron over the weekend. Beleskey was being checked by doctors on Monday, and it sounds like his absence might be a bit longer term than simply a “day-to-day” lower body injury. 

Noel Acciari took part in practice, and it appears they both could be closing in on a return to the lineup. Frank Vatrano also shot the puck around a bit at the very beginning of Monday’s skate, but came off the ice as the team began their preparations for tonight’s game. 

Here are the Bruins projected line combos and D-pairings vs. Florida based on the morning skate with Beleskey and Krug both absent:







K. Miller-C. Miller